Part One: Syd Barrett’s era -4-
Part Two: The four men go on -5-
Part Three: Roger Waters Leaves the band -8-
Conclusion and Bibliography/sources -10-
Pink Floyd was and still is one of the greatest rock bands in history. Its story is full of losses and ego . Their ambition to be the ultimate band was thekey to their success. They created a music revolution which involved sound and image . I chose Pink Floyd because it is my favorite band and it changed my life.
This Work will be divided into 5 parts:
1) Syd Barrett’s Era
2) The four men go on
3) Roger Waters Leaves the band
In this essay, I will tell their story, and how the relationship between them changed throughthe years. As many people does not know what were the roles inside the band , in this work those roles will be shown.
Part One: Syd Barrett’s era (1965-1968)
Originally from Cambridge, Pink Floyd (named after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council) is created between 1964 and 1965. Syd Barret who was the lead guitarist and singer/writer . Roger waters on Bass, Nick Mason on Drums and RickWright on keyboards, they started playing in the underground scene of London. Their musical style was to play blues and R&B , but with the release of Beatles’ album “Revolver” they were seduced by Psychedelic Rock. Changing to this genre was essential for the future of the band . It was Syd Barrett who wrote all the songs . In 1967, they recorded their first singles “Arnold Lane” and “See EmilyPlay”. After that, their first album is recorded. Its name was “The Piper at the gates of dawn” and it was full of very poetic and surrealistic songs . They only had big success in the UK charts. After that, due to the stress and the LSD, Syd Barrett’s mental health started to worry the other band members.
In 1968, David Gilmour, who was a friend of Barrett , was invited to join the band as aguitarist. By that time, Barrett’s behavior was unpredictable and the others decided that they should continue without him - Barrett followed a short solo career on his own and then retired to live in Cambridge-.
Part Two: The four men go on (1968-1983)
In that same year, they produce and record “A saucerful of secrets”. Compositions were made by Wright, Waters and Gilmour. Theirmusical style started to change, from psychedelic rock to progressive rock or “Prog rock”. This album did not have as much success as the previous one . In 1969, they recorded a movie soundtrack that was called “More”- or “Music from the film More” - , which contained folk songs . This one was far from their usual style and it went almost unnoticed.
Later, also in 1969, Pink Floyd records“Ummagumma”, a double album that contained a live record and a studio one. This was the most successful album they had ever recorded before. They returned to their experimental/progressive rock and went on to write more longer and instrumental songs on their following three albums, “Atom heart mother” in 1970, “Meddle” in 1971, and “Obscured by clouds” in 1972. The first one, “Atom Heart mother”, with itsOrchestral sound, reached the first place in the UK charts although for the band members it was considered “rubbish”. “Meddle”, considered by many as the best album before “the dark side” , also had a big success in the British charts, and “Obscured by clouds” was their second movie soundtrack attempt, with shorter songs and close to soft rock and blues rock.
No sooner had they finished recording“Meddle” that they started filming “Live at Pompeii” in Italy . The engineers and roadies joining the band were the only ones who saw this live performance , because there was no audience.
In 1973, they became a legend by recording one of the most selling records of all time: none other than “The Dark side of the Moon”, recorded entirely in abbey road studios in London . It...